Monday, June 10, 2013

Pilot Post // The Beginning of My Life with Kentucky

So I finally got off my pregnant butt and started a blog.  Or should I say... Kept sitting on my pregnant butt and let someone else, the very talented Jenafer Brown, design my blog so I could start writing again, regularly and for a reason.  Ever since  I started culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, this is something that I've been meaning to do.

But first, let's back up for a minute.  Last year, around February I started feeling very restless, like I wasn't doing what I was put here to do.  But, here's the thing!  I had this amazing job working as the production manager for a boutique agency! I was living in Brooklyn!  I was surrounded by an amazing group of empowering, creative and intellectual friends!  But still.. Something wasn't sitting right with me.  To add to the general feeling of unease, my grandpa was dying.  It was around then that I realized that I needed to take matters into my own hands and make moves to follow my pipe dream of someday owning my own restaurant.  I applied to the school that could potentially make this dream into a reality.

Two months later I was accepted under the terms that I would complete six months of kitchen experience.  With the help of my totally amazing and understanding friend and boss, I was hooked up with a job at Toby's Public House.  And it was there, on that neat little corner of Kenmare and Mulberry, on a sunny day in May where I met Kentucky.

I had been in the kitchen for a couple of hours before I met him..  I was shadowing one of the line cooks but it was slow, and there wasn't much for me to actually do (considering I knew absolutely nothing about being in a real kitchen at the time).  Then he showed up.  He was this cute, skinny armed boy wearing some rolled up chefs pants, crocs, a white v-neck shirt and his pink bandana and he introduced himself as "Chris, but everyone calls me Kentucky."  This, ladies and gentlemen, is how I fell in love.

OK, enough with all this love at first sight stuff, I won't get into detail.. Fast forward to the end of summer and the start of September when I would have to leave him and move to the other side of the country to start school.  I should have been excited but truly, I was heartbroken.

Fast forward again to the part where we're in a long distance relationship and it is the worst but I manage to make it back to the east coast once a month or so to see him.  Fast forward again to the part where we find out we're having a baby and he goes west of the Mississippi for the first time ever to move into my very tiny cottage with me to start a family and a life together.

We've made moves since then and rent our own little house now, complete with an American flag out front, in all of her glory and are expecting our little girl to arrive this September.  

So this blog is a testament to us + my wanting to share any kookiness or recipes or ideas with the rest of you.  It's our lives living in the napa valley (and who knows where next), cooking, creating and ultimately starting a family together.  I'm sure there will be some interesting moments along the road.  Especially when there's a boy from Kentucky involved... Enjoy / you're welcome + thank you for putting up with us.


Christina + Kentucky

1 comment:

  1. You forgot the part in which you called your BFF at 10am on Sunday and she answered the phone and said "oh my god are you pregnant?" (This is how it happened in my mind)